Guest Blog – Lauren’s Story

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Finding Support on the Journey to Recovery: Lauren’s Story

In today’s world, where the pressures of life and the challenges of parenthood can be overwhelming, many people turn to alcohol to cope. However, what starts as an innocent glass can quickly escalate into a dangerous addiction. Lauren, a brave individual, and devoted parent found herself in the grips of alcohol addiction. Like many others, she tried to reduce her alcohol consumption on her own, but soon realised that she needed additional support to break free from the chains of addiction.

When asked about her experience Lauren shared “I couldn’t go without having a wine after work, or a wine after putting the kids to bed, and then a wine turned into two, then into three, I would pound a bottle of wine and hide it under the kitchen sink. We’d have a great family evening and when the kids went to bed I’d say, ‘I’m just going to have a glass of wine’. Little did my husband know that was my third”.

During the COVID pandemic, many individuals, like Lauren, turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism. Salt Recovery, an organisation that helps people overcome addiction, noticed a surge in parents seeking support for alcohol-related issues. The pandemic intensified existing stressors, making alcohol a crutch for many to cope with the uncertainties and challenges of daily life.

In the past, rehab facilities were stigmatised and often associated with public hospitals and misconceptions about addiction. However, times have changed, and rehab centres like Salt Recovery now offer more holistic and luxurious treatment options. This shift in the perception of rehab has encouraged more people like Lauren to seek the help they need without fear of judgment.

Mike Barrett, the Managing Director of Salt Recovery, emphasises “Alcohol is the worst. I have to say, alcohol causes more destruction than any other drug. From DUIs to domestic violence, to marriage breakdowns, to heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease and a lot of people don’t realise until it’s too late what it’s done to their body. And it’s very sad. When people talk about addictions, there’s this big stigma around addiction. Well, I’m not an addict, I’m not an alcoholic. But at the end of the day, all addicts and alcoholics are people who have self-medicated on a substance or a behaviour. There are a lot of addicts who wouldn’t identify as an addict, but they have behavioural issues. Salt Recovery has helped CEO’s, Mothers, Fathers, Actors and Sports Stars through addiction, and it doesn’t discriminate.”

Salt Recovery offers a unique and comprehensive approach to addiction recovery. Their team comprises medical, physical, psychological, and culinary professionals who tailor support to each individual’s needs. The success rate at Salt Recovery is remarkable, with only 22% of guests experiencing a relapse in the past year, compared to the industry standard of a 70% chance of relapse.

Taking charge of one’s alcohol consumption is crucial on the path to recovery. The “Mind The Sip” app can be an extremely helpful tool in staying accountable and tracking drinking habits before they escalate into addiction, but for those who need more, help is out there.  Being honest with oneself about the need for help is the first step towards healing.

Lauren’s journey of recovery is an inspiration for many who find themselves struggling with alcohol addiction. Reflecting on her journey Lauren shared “Life for me before Salt was an extreme roller coaster. I went through some very turbulent times. It was very up and down. I caused a lot of grief and hurt back home. The process that took me coming here were my friends highlighting the danger that I was putting myself in as well as my family.”

Seeking support and realising the need for additional help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous step towards healing. As the face of rehab changes, more resources and compassionate care are available for those in need. If you or someone you know is battling alcohol addiction, know that you are not alone, and help is within reach. With the right support and determination, like Lauren, you too can find freedom from addiction and embrace a brighter, healthier future.

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